Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit


2855 Schoenersville Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: 610.807.4200
Fax: 610.807.4205

Located in eastern Pennsylvania (approximately 90 minutes from both Philadelphia and New York City), Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit is a specialized inpatient pediatric rehabilitation leader with programs designed specifically to treat children with complex medical and congenital conditions.

Led by Kimberly Kuchinski, MD, MPH, medical director of pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, the expert team at Good Shepherd’s 20-bed unit provides compassionate rehabilitation care to children up to age 21.

Pediatric Conditions Treated 

  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Complex respiratory problems
  • Feeding disorders
  • Multiple fractures
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Post-surgery
  • Prematurity
  • Skills regression
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic injury
  • Wounds

Multidisciplinary Care Team

  • Pediatrician and pediatric physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation)
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Care management
  • Neuropsychology
  • Counseling
  • Dietary

Programs Offered

Trexo Plus

Good Shepherd is proud to be one of a handful of “Centers of Excellence” in the U.S. to pioneer Trexo Plus, a robotic gait training technology that encourages independence and physical activity.

The wearable device allows kids with lower-extremity weakness and/or spasticity to get on their feet and walk — maybe even for the first time.

Families Are Important Part of Care Team

Families play an important role in all steps of a child’s recovery. That’s why visits and overnight stays by family members are encouraged at the Pediatric Unit. Patients and family members are placed in the center of the care plan, with the goal of returning the child to home, school and the community. Every effort is made to accommodate cultural and spiritual needs.

The Pediatric Unit staff works with parents and family members on caring for the child, using special equipment and home modification.

Patient and Family Advisory Council

Good Shepherd’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) consists of community and staff volunteers working together to improve the patient, caregiver and family experience at Good Shepherd. Each PFAC member (advisor) is a staff member or has experience as either a patient, family member or caregiver.
The PFAC, which meets virtually once per quarter, discusses important issues pertaining to the delivery of inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation. Advisors have the opportunity to contribute their perspective regarding the issues discussed and work
to improve:

  • Patient safety
  • Quality of care
  • Patient and family experiences
  • Communication, research and education
  • Patient-centered care

For more information, email [email protected].

Expertise and Compassion

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit is the only CARF-accredited pediatric rehabilitation facility in eastern Pennsylvania, and one of only two in the state.

  • Pediatric physiatrist on-site
  • Majority of staff hold a rehabilitation-specific certification
  • High patient and family satisfaction

Additionally, Good Shepherd is a member of the International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative (IPRC), which promotes excellence in specialized pediatric rehabilitation care.

Safe Sleep Champion

The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Certified Safe Sleep Champion” for a commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

Good Shepherd was one of the first hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive the title, taking an active role in encouraging safe sleep education to reduce preventable infant deaths. Every year, approximately 3,500 infant sleep-related deaths occur in the U.S. due to accidental suffocation, strangulation, or undetermined causes during sleep, according to Cribs for Kids®.

Learn more about our Safe Sleep Champion certification, as well as view educational tips.

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For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 1.888.44.REHAB (73422) or fill out the form below.

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